Advisory Appointments Committee

In this section you can find guidance relating to the The Royal College of Emergency Medicine's role in the local appointment of Consultants, visa the Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC) process. In addition to the College’s statutory responsibilities which are outlined below, the AAC process forms an important part of the College’s commitment to maintaining and developing high professional standards in Emergency Medicine.


College Assessors

The College maintains a list of assessors who are eligible and willing to serve on consultant post AACs. To become a College assessor you must meet the following criteria:

  • Assessors must have been working in a substantive consultant post for at least 5 years
  • Assessors must be a Fellow of the College in good-standing
  • Assessors must have received training in fair and non-discriminatory interview and selection techniques and have received appropriate training in the application of equal opportunities legislation to appointments procedures in line with the Equal Opportunities Commission and Commission for Racial Equality Codes of Practice
  • Assessors must be working in active practice.

In addition to these criteria assessors must not work for the employing NHS Trust. Ideally, assessors would be working in a neighbouring Region.

College Assessors Application form

The College requires many assessors in each region and is currently recruiting. If you would like to become a College Assessor and feel that you meet the above criteria please download an application form and return it to the College via AAC@RCEM.AC.UK.

If you meet all the criteria, you will be added to the College assessor database. (Please note you must be logged in to download).

  • Download an application form here
  • Download the College guidance for assessors here

AAC Process

When the College is asked to provide an assessor the College will provide the employer with a list of potential names, asking them to contact the assessors directly. The employer should contact the first assessor on the list, only contacting the next assessor if the first is unable to serve. The College will not notify assessors when their name has been short-listed. The shortlist sent to the employer is compiled bearing in mind the following factors:

  • Proximity to the employing hospital/Trust (The College will provide names from a neighbouring region, if that is not possible or practical then names will be provided from the same region but geographically distant from the employing Trust)
  • The frequency with which assessors have been short-listed before
  • The frequency with which assessors have been selected before.

The College aims to ensure that requests for assessors will be divided as evenly as possible between the College assessors. The employer will then contact the assessors. If you are contacted and agree to serve on an AAC please notify the College AAC administrator. The employer should send you all the details regarding the job description, short-listing of candidates and the interview.

The College will send you the latest version of the College advice for assessors together with a report on the AAC for you to complete and return. If you have any query regarding the AAC process that is not answered in the advice document please contact the Registrar via the AAC administrator.

To view the stages in the AAC process, please click on the following link: in the AAC RCEM process.jpg.


All assessors should be familiar with the College guidance and The National Health Service (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations: Good Practice Guidance (January 2005)

The NHS (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations Good Practice Guidance 2005

Northern Ireland

Guidance for College assessors is as outlined for England.


External advisors are consultants working in Scotland that have been nominated by one of the Royal Colleges and Faculties that make up the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland (Scottish Academy). The Scottish Academy is responsible for managing a list of appropriately trained external advisors and organising an available external advisor for each consultant appointment panel, on request from the recruiting Health Board. External advisors should not be approached directly by a recruiting health board to sit on appointment committees; all such requests should come from the Scottish Academy. The standard term for an external advisor is four years and during that time external advisors should expect to be involved in approximately three panels per year. Contact:


Guidance for College assessors is as outlined for England.


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